There will be a riot of colour and entertainment at this year’s Ginger Flower and Food Festival this January.

The three day festival that runs from 17 to 19 January will feature special guests, entertainment, demonstrations, tours and of course the beautiful flowers.

The Ginger Flower and Food Festival’s first ginger flowers of the year will be very colourful for all to see, thanks to the recent Queensland summer storms.

Among the ginger flowers the festival will host some of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular chefs, authors, natural health, gardening and design experts to celebrate Queensland’s glorious sub-tropical lifestyle.

There will also be a lashings of laughs when naughty imposter, Dame Edna ‘Average’ graces the Festival with her inimitable hijinks.

Dame Edna Average will be joined by a host of roving entertainers during the three-day festival including Mike the ‘balloonologist’, the cuddly Ginger Kids and the soulful sounds of Harii Bandhu.

While the Festival is well known for drawing celebrity gardeners, health experts and show-stopping chefs, this year’s event celebrating Queensland’s sub-tropical lifestyle, will see a range of new additions. These include rainforest walks, bush tracking sessions and boomerang demonstrations by members of Dokko Aboriginal Corporation representing the traditional owners of the region, the Gubbi Gubbi people.

The Ginger Factory’s general manager, Corinne Mikkelsen says visitors would be in for a treat when they see the extraordinary range of plants brought in for the event.

“Of the 120 different species on show – from delicate costas and curucumas to bold beehive gingers – visitors will be in for a visual feast.

“And while Dame Edna’s trademark gladioli are not technically part of the ginger family, she will certainly ‘ginger up’ visitors with her cracking one-liners and outrageous antics,” she says.

She also says they’ve recently added a new children’s playground area, so while the big kids are occupied, the little ones will also be guaranteed loads of interactive fun to beat any holiday boredom.

With so many vibrant personalities and entertainers, the 2014 Ginger Flower & Food Festival is suitable for all ages and is spread throughout the sheltered Ginger Factory grounds bursting in colour, movement and tempting aromas.

Check out out event guide for more event details.

Will you be visiting the Ginger Flower and Food Festival this year?